The Brownwood Fire Department plans to use its recently-approved federal grant to buy a mobile fire trainer that will be used for a variety of training scenarios.
The trainer, which consists of an 18 wheeler-style trailer about 45 feet long, costs $152,000, Fire Chief Del Albright said. The $136,800 grant requires a 10-percent city match, Albright said.
He said if the paperwork and purchase process don’t have any glitches, he hopes the department will receive the trainer in mid-January.
The city’s Fleet Services has a truck that can be used to transport the trainer if the fire department wants to move it once it’s here, Albright said. He said the fire department will invite area volunteer fire departments to use the trainer, which might mean taking the trailer to volunteer departments’ locations.
Training scenarios will include setting fires and practicing putting them out, as well as learning how fires behave and grow and learning to recognize flashover conditions.
Other scenarios include practicing ventilation and search-and-rescue techniques, Albright said.
Federal officials announced earlier that the grant, which comes through Department of Homeland Security, is intended to support firefighters’ work as first responders.